Secondary schools from the member States of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) participated in the first international online competition on “Better knowledge against disasters” on 16 April 2019.
With more than 140 schools from 12 countries registered (Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Monaco, Romania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine, this “Olympiad” gave students a chance to strengthen their knowledge on natural and technological hazards that they could face inside or outside the school. The students also learned the adequate behaviour in risk situations and how to reduce the potential impact of disasters.
The Olympiad was organised in the context of the BeSafeNet project supported by the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe and implemented by the Cyprus Civil Defence. It aims at sharing reliable information on the nature, causes and consequences of natural and technological disasters through the internet as well as at promoting a global risk culture among populations, in particular young people.